New Telegraph

Turkish Airlines: Union Seeks Carrier’s GM’s Exit From Nigeria

…says $6000 fraud allegation false

The truce brokered by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over the face-off between Turkish Airlines and unions in the aviation industry may have yielded no result as the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has chided the General Manager of the airline.

Lokman Balkan, for the way he is handling the issue that saw the union picket the carrier last week. In a statement issued on the development on Monday, the union declared: “We shall instruct all aviation workers not to handle him at any Nigerian airport, except at his exit from Nigeria.

If compelled, NUATE shall internationalise his ostracising from the global aviation family.” The union in its statement attributed its latest decision to the claim by the airline that the reason for sacking seven Nigerian was as a result of their involvement in ticket racketeering.

According to the union, “the airline gave the impression in the publication that the union, NUATE, was picketing the airline in the wrongful defence of the workers’ wrongdoings. It also claimed that the union carried out the picketing despite an interlocutory injunction obtained against the exercise.

“NUATE feels obliged to respond to this awful attempt by the airline to stand truth on its head. We wish to let the public and stakeholders know that the accusations are blatant and poorly formulated lies. And we wish to tell the truth as follows. “In the first place, the claim that the airline lost $600,000 is a mere phantom.

What happened is that sometime in April 2023, Turkish Airlines’ headquarters issued a sales restriction circular which allowed sales of only two premium classes of tickets as a response to foreign airlines’ difficulty in repatriating their proceeds to home countries due to foreign exchange constraints in Nigeria.

“But, in a contradicting manner, the airline had an advertised fare on the website which was much lower than the permitted fares. Therefore, intending passengers who accessed such fare, but could not pay online was directed by the global call centre to approach the Nigerian offices.

Read Previous

Man Utd Face Elimination From Europa League

Read Next

1st Anniversary: Tinubu Govt Awards N6trn Road Contracts